Your browser version is outdated. We recommend that you update your browser to the latest version.

Contact Us:
The Harvey County Independent
220 Main St.
Halstead, KS 67056
316-835-2235

Search this site:

October 25, 2018
Harvey County IndependentOctober 25, 2018 Harvey County Independent

Bentley man earns notoriety biking from Wichita to NYC

Posted 10/25/2018

Bob Warne of Bentley shared the dramatic tale of his 1,700-mile bike trip from Wichita to the Worlds Fair in New York City in 1964 last week at the Bentley Eagle Senior Center.Bob Warne of Bentley shared the dramatic tale of his 1,700-mile bike trip from Wichita to the Worlds Fair in New York City in 1964 last week at the Bentley Eagle Senior Center.By Jared Janzen

BENTLEY—From Wichita is to New York City is roughly a five-hour plane trip or 22 hours if you go by car. But to make that 1,700-journey by bicycle, plan on allowing yourself three weeks of hard pedaling.

That was the experience Bob Warne, who moved to Bentley three years ago, made when he was just 20 years old, back in 1964. He shared about the experience during the Bentley-Eagle Senior Center's monthly potluck last FridayThis photo was taken of Warne just before he entered the World’s Fair after 21 days on the road. This photo was taken of Warne just before he entered the World’s Fair after 21 days on the road. .

The adventure was full of surprises and setbacks, but Warne met lots of people along the way who were fascinated with his journey and eager to help him reach his destination.

Lots of things from the trip burned an impression in his mind, he said.

He departed from Wichita on June 29, 1964, traveling light.

“I carried one change of clothes, an old rag bag, an extra pair of shoes, a sleeping bag and one very light windbreaker,” he said. He only had about $300 in his pocket, he added.

His plan setting out was to log 85 miles a day.

Warne spent his nights wherever he could find a free place to rest—barns, vehicles, even in jail cells, though not for being arrested.

On the morning of July 4, Warne was biking through St. Louis, Mo., when catastrophe struck. Traffic was heavy and he was forced to ride over a slotted storm drain that blew his rear tire and bent the wheel frame. Not knowing what else to do, since shops were closed for the holiday, Warne called the police and demanded to speak with the chief.

The chief was at home for the holiday, but he obliged Warne nonetheless and dispatched a officer to help get the bike fixed.

Midway through the journey, Warne realized he was not making the mileage he needed to arrive when in New York when he wanted, so he started biking 14 to 15 hours a day.

To continue reading, please see this week's print edition.

Read the rest of this entry »

Sedgwick gas station up for public auction

Posted 10/25/2018

By Adam Strunk

SEDGWICK—According to a recent Harvey County Legal publication, the county has scheduled a dozen more properties to go to tax auction at 9 a.m., Nov. 16, at the Community room in the Harvey County Courthouse.

The properties are a mix of vacant lots, as well as residential and commercial properties.
The Jump Start Gas station is  on the list of properties up for sale, according to the legal and information from the treasurer’s office.

The parcel ID number listed in the legal matches the property located at 401 Commercial Ave in Sedgwick. According to the Treasurer’s website, taxes on the commercial property, belonging to Wholesale Petroleum Properties, Inc., have not been paid since at least 2012. The property is valued at $140,630 and total taxes owed on the property are $34,323.

Also of note, the lot that once held the Cuellar Sewing building at 815 Main Street is finally up for auction. The city of Newton demolished the building after it began to drop large parts of its wall and was deemed a public nuisance. The city billed demolition costs to the property. In total, the property has $60,159 in back taxes against it and is valued at $7,540.Owners of the property have until the day the property goes up for auction to pay the back taxes and prevent the sale.
Should the sale move forward, the proceeds of the auction will go toward paying court fees and back taxes. If the back taxes are paid off, any liens against the property are paid. Any money left over would go to the property's former owner. After the property switches hands, its existing back taxes will be forgiven and the new owner will start fresh.

Read the rest of this entry »

Kaitlyn Thomas named Biggest Little Star

Posted 10/25/2018

By Bill BushA full house enjoyed the second annual Biggest Little Star Talent Show during the Brick Street Arts and Craft Festival last Saturday afternoon.A full house enjoyed the second annual Biggest Little Star Talent Show during the Brick Street Arts and Craft Festival last Saturday afternoon.

HALSTEAD–For the second year in a row, the Brick Street Arts and Craft Festival included Halstead’s Biggest Little Star talent show.

Kaitlyn Thomas, the first place finisher in the vocal category for ages 14 and up, was also selected as the overall winner. She played the keyboard and sang an original song, “Mommy I Missed You.”

Thomas also performed with a band that took first place in the group/other category. Ethan McDonald played electric guitar, Dylan McDonald played drums, and Waylon Homewood played bass guitar for the band.

In the ages 9 to 13 vocal category, Abby Newman placed first.

Boyce Ingram from Crossroads Community Church, MCed the event and tried to help calm the performers’ nerves.

“A big integral part of this is the technology,” Ingram said. “It’s to let these kids really get a professional experience because of our stage, lights, and PA system.”

One performer, Newman, forgot the lyrics.

“I thought she was going to cry,” Ingram said. “I put my arm around her and said, ‘I can’t even tell you the amount of times that I’ve forgotten words.’”

Newman regrouped to finish first in her category.

To continue reading, please see this week's print edition.

Read the rest of this entry »